Getting into boating

The Motor Boats Monthly guide to buying your first boat - plus berthing, budgeting and other essential information


In more popular areas, consider finding a suitable mooring first and then buy the boat to fit. For more on your berthing options, check out the February 2011 issue of Motor Boats Monthly.

Dry berthing / dry stack
Dry berthing is available for boats less than 12m (39ft). The boat is kept out of the water and launched by the yard when requested.

Marina berths
Dedicated pontoon berth and the use of the marina facilities, like shops, restaurants, electricity, water and some contracts include free nights at other marinas within the same group.

Swing moorings
If you don’t require a walk-ashore berth, mooring buoys, piles and river pontoon moorings are a more affordable.

Many boat clubs have moorings for their members and these are offered at very reasonable rates.

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